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WASTED – [T$AN]

Philadelphia, PA rapper T$AN is looking to launch himself into the mainstream in 2022 after having proved himself with a prolific run through the underground scene over the past year or two since his Farewell EP introduced us to the charismatic young artist. His debut captivated many in the Philly area and beyond as many people quickly compared his sound and energy to Lil Uzi Vert’s, which is quite the rare comparison as many would be hesitant to throw a young artist such high praise, but in the case of T$AN these high marks always felt deserved. After taking a brief hiatus of dropping music through the pandemic, T$AN is back in full force after having taken time off to fully master his sound and incorporate new sonic wrinkles and types of production into his repertoire, most recently with his new visual for “WASTED” that serves to kick off an upcoming run of visuals into his forthcoming EP Till The Death of Me which is set to release later this spring. “Wasted” was brought to life by CASEUNO Films whose direction matches the energy of the song perfectly, showing T$AN as the life of the party, creating scenes that show the …

What You Got – [Quail P]

When I seek out new artists, there are definitely a few things I regularly look for, but one of the most important things on my radar is versatility. Not only do I try and find artists who can run the gamut of rapping, singing, and various other styles that keep things interesting, but the artists that truly take my breath away are the ones who do all of these things confidently, masterfully, and effortlessly. When they do these things with grace and elegance, it just shows me that they’re meant to be in the music world and nothing is ever forced, so I know that they’re meant to have a place at the table. When I first heard Quail P’s music, I was definitely blown away because I knew he was from Florida, and even though this is one of my favorite regions in hip-hop, I had these preconceived notions of what kind of sound I should anticipate as well as what kind of personality comes with this location. P shredded these predetermined anticipations of mine from the moment I pressed play months and months ago, and he has only continued to show me that even though he is a …

Get To Know: Lil Rottie

New Jersey-native Lil Rottie is an artist that has big goals to achieve in the industry and will do anything it takes to make it there. Having numerous singles reach over 40k streams on Spotify alone, Rottie put the battery in his back and is charged up more so than ever, and is ready to take 2022 by storm. In his new “Destiny” music video, Lil Rottie gives viewers a visual account of his “rags to riches” path, starting from humble beginnings and working toward elevation, moving to a new city for opportunities. Each scene in the video is intentional; from the desert road representing the trials and tribulations of his journey to the Lambo he’s riding in, all of which represent the lifestyle he’s seeking and destined for. Lil Rottie hopes that his new track motivates his fans and other creatives to bet on themselves. “If you have an idea, bring that vision to life. You can do anything. Be big on yourself.” Get familiar with Lil Rottie below and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for him in 2022! Q: Describe your genre/sound. My genre is HipHop/R&B with a style comparable to Juice Wrld, Lil Durk, and Uzi. …

Top 50 Chicago Projects of 2021

Every year, artists hailing from Chicago prove exactly why this is a city that belongs in the upper echelon of music, and this fact grows more abundantly obvious with every release that is put out. Whether a musician is world renown or locally recognized, there is never a shortage of creativity, effort, or innovation, and whether the rest of the country notices this or not, local fans are well aware of the goldmine that we are sitting on here in the Midwest.  Our goal here at Lyrical Lemonade has always been to shine a light on the remarkable sounds coming out of the city every single year, and even when we go in with certain expectations or presumptions, our minds are absolutely blown once we realize just how much dexterous and unique music was brought to life in the span of 12 short months. One thing that is inimitable within the local scene here is simply the sense of community because whether these talents are teaming up with one another or on entirely different levels of fame, everyone seems to show love to each other, ensuring their awareness of the eye-opening and head-turning styles that are being generated across the …

Fuck This Winter – [Kid Joi]

It isn’t very often where I’m told about an artist that when I finally tune in, I’m fully captivated by the various skills that they bring to the table. Oftentimes, if I’m put onto an up-and-coming act, I’ll tune in and maybe enjoy certain facets of their music, but I can point out a variety of different shortfalls that I think they might need to work on if they want to perfect their craft and truly make it to the next level. When I heard about Kid Joi, though, my world was totally flipped upside down and I realized that it doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, or what events in your life led to this point in time because she seriously proves all of my misconceptions wrong. At just 18 years old, she holds this power and fire within herself that is impossible to ignore, and even though it is still early on in her career, she has more than enough skill, elegance, and determination to make sure the world will hear her story one day, and I’m just honored to be able to watch her rise through the ranks from the ground floor. Every time …

Candy Drip – [Lucky Daye]

Lucky Daye is an artist that I honestly need to check out more music from, but I simply can’t ignore him because of just how talented he is as an artist. I first found out about him on his collaboration with Kaytranada entitled “Look Easy”, and even though Kaytra is one of my favorite producers out right now, there was something about Lucky that just captured every last ounce of my attention, and I was captivated by the God-given gifts that just seem to come so naturally to him. Others aren’t quick to forget this, though, which led to two more Grammy nominations this year for Best Progressive r&b album and best traditional r&b performance, both nominations stemming from his EP Table For Two, adding up for a total of 6 Grammy nominations since taking the music world by storm. I couldn’t think of a better or more deserving artist to receive these honorable recognitions, but the fun is just beginning for him. As he announced his upcoming sophomore album CANDYDRIP to be released early next year, he also announced his headlining “CANDYDRIP” tour that he is embarking on starting on March 18th in Portland. In order to build up …

KING 2.0 – [King Marie]

Chicago’s multi-faceted star known as King Marie has been someone who has been making a killing within the Chicago music scene for years now. Also known as DJ King Marie, she has been a part of many major events and has DJ’ed tons of functions all throughout Chicago. Not being limited to just one outlet of music, King Marie also makes music as well and does a very amazing job at it. After the release of her debut EP The Prelude back in 2019, she would spend the next year or so focusing on bettering herself not only as an artist but as an overall human being. Today, she is back and better than ever premiering her brand new single and video for her song “King 2.0”. Being someone who is as active as King Marie is in the creative world, there’s no doubt in my mind that being rebuilt and reborn again is inevitable. In “King 2.0”, she reflects on that process and speaks on everything that she has worked so hard for in her life, and now being able to enjoy the fruits of her labor. While she primarily sings on her other records, this time around she lays …

Don Toliver Offers a Closer Look Into His Life on ‘Life of a DON’

It’s been about three years since Don Toliver emerged onto the scene, and in so little time, he has worked himself to a position that many new artists still struggle to reach. In fact, it would be very difficult to imagine the game without him here blessing all our musical needs. His artistry has been unmatched, his flows are unique, and he is able to craft melodies like no other. After his debut album Heaven or Hell which was released in early 2020, his trajectory has skyrocketed and he easily marked himself as a high-profile artist that everyone had their eyes on. Making his way onto huge anthems such as Internet Money’s “Lemonade”, and “His & Hers”, as well as landing placements with major artists like Nas, Eminem, and Big Sean, Don is on his way to the top, and there ain’t a thing standing in his way of getting there. Last weekend, Don Toliver released his sophomore album titled Life of a Don, and this is the body of work that many fans were anticipating for so long. Safe to say, Don Toliver delivered on all fronts, and this album will play a significant role in his career thus …

The Top 10 Moments From Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash Festival

Creative Direction: @shotbycones We are a couple of weeks removed from our annual Summer Smash festival, and we are all still having major withdrawals from such a great weekend. After the past year that we had of quarantining, social distancing, and avoiding large events, it felt amazing to be able to come outside and enjoy our festival once again. With over 75 artists on our lineup ranging from the up-and-coming rappers to superstars and legends, it was truly a weekend to remember, and a special moment for not only Lyrical Lemonade but Chicago as a whole. I had the opportunity to work as a lead for the Summer Smash Media Team—a squad full of some of the best photographers and videographers in the game put together by our guy Cones. All weekend long, they captured tons of videos, photos, and clips of the entire run of show. While our full recap of the entire Summer Smash weekend is dropping very soon, I felt it would be a great idea to give my perspective on some of the best moments that happened during Summer Smash. At last, here are some of the best moments of Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash 2021!   …

Tic Tac Toe [ilmato] x [Heartgaze]

“Tic Tac Toe” is a collab between me, heartgaze, and Chilean artist ilmato. The song was entirely produced by me with additional background vocals from Cece Maravilla and additional guitars from Francisco Chandia. I’m from Argentina (Buenos Aires), and when the song was finished, we finished it over Zoom with Ilmato. Lyrically, the song includes themes of teenage party stories, drinking games, love and all that comes in between. Ilmato sings lines such as “Spin the bottle hasta que yo salga” (spin the bottle until it lands on me), and the hook is a play on words on the traditional Tic Tac Toe game” – Heartgaze  Buenos, Aires native Heartgaze makes his Lyrical Lemonade debut with one of the most creative bangers of the year titled “Tic Tac Toe.” In collaboration with Chilean artist ilmato, the cultural influences are immediately brought to focus via the nonexistent language barrier as the pair primarily sing in Spanish with occasional lines in English. The artist’s vocals are hyper, which fascinatingly complements the bass-heavy production and guitar prominent instrumentation. At the very beginning, the track contains a mysterious house and/or dance vibe, before sonically shifting to a more varied, genre-less identity. With an addictive hook, …